Ch 17: History of Architecture

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the history of architecture. Take a virtual tour of a number of important periods, including the ancient Greek, Baroque, Byzantine and contemporary ears.

History of Architecture - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Where would we be without architecture? Well, we'd be living under the open sky, for one thing. Honestly, architecture is responsible for every building, but it is so much more than that. The different styles and techniques used all have importance. Older structures can even be dated by looking at its style or deign. In this chapter, we will look at early forms of architecture, such as Roman, Greek and Baroque. You will learn about the different designs used and the important contributions from different cultures or time periods. Some of the things you will learn about include:

  • Early Christian architecture
  • The incorporation of towers in architecture
  • Baroque themes
  • Greek columns
  • The Roman arch
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples Study the development of Byzantine architecture and its elements, such as central-plan, domes and pendentives.
Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History Take a look at elements of Romanesque architecture, including the semicircular arch, vaulting and decorative exterior sculpture.
Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features Learn about the development of Baroque architecture and its themes.
Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian Find out about Greek architecture, including columns, temples, stadiums and theaters.
Roman Engineering and Architecture Examine the advances made by the Romans in the field of architecture, including advances in materials and techniques used.
Influential Architects of the 19th and 20th Centuries Explore architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries with a look at contemporary architects.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: History of Architecture
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Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

1. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

This lecture discusses Greek architecture and its legacy. Enjoy our exploration of Greek columns, temples, stadiums, treasuries and theaters, and see why the Greeks might have reached the pinnacle of architectural achievement.

Classical Architecture: Characteristics & Elements

2. Classical Architecture: Characteristics & Elements

Classical architecture has had long-reaching impacts on Western building styles. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the definitive traits of Classical architecture and see what distinguishes this style.

Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

3. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.

Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

4. Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

In this lesson we fly through the various characteristics of Romanesque architecture: the semicircular arch, various sorts of vaulting, heavier construction, and the addition of increasingly intricate exteriors incorporating towers, arcades, and decorative sculpture.

Romanesque vs. Gothic Architecture

5. Romanesque vs. Gothic Architecture

Have you ever stood in a large church, looked up and wondered about its architecture? Maybe it was done in one of several medieval styles. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences between Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Influential 19th & 20th Century Architects

6. Influential 19th & 20th Century Architects

In this lesson, we will explore the world of late 19th and 20th century architecture. We will learn about major architectural movements in this period and meet some famous architects.

Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features

7. Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features

This lesson explores the development of Baroque architecture. We begin in Italy by tracing the development of several Baroque themes, culminating in the Vatican itself. We then move to France, where these trends further developed, reaching their apex in Louis XIV's ambitious palace at Versailles.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

8. Roman Engineering and Architecture

This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.

Minimalist Architecture: History & Characteristics

9. Minimalist Architecture: History & Characteristics

Minimalism has been a popular art movement and design style since the 1960s. In this lesson, we'll explore the history, characteristics, and major movements of minimalist architecture.

Postmodern Architecture: Characteristics & Definition

10. Postmodern Architecture: Characteristics & Definition

Postmodernism has been a major international trend in art and academia, and has had some lasting impacts on architecture. In this lesson, we'll explore this trend and see what it is all about.

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